Goodall Crescent top of the crime-fighting hitlist again

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THE NOTORIOUS Goodall Crescent estate in Hucknall is once again Hucknall’s number one crime-fighting priority, the Dispatch can reveal.

The area was previously plagued by crime and vandalism, ranging from arson attacks to drug-dealing.

But households, backed by a newly-launched tenants and residents group, seemed to be making headway in cleaning up Goodall’s reputation.

However, local police, including Insp Nick Butler, have now come together with community representatives and Safer Neighbourhood Committees to set the town’s key targets for crime and disorder.

Top is dealing with evening anti-social behaviour on Goodall.

Second is tackling anti-social behaviour on Broomhill Road and third is dealing with shoplifting and other theft offences in Hucknall town centre.

Extra resources will be ploughed into initiatives to target the problems until the next priority-setting meeting in April.

The current priorities have been set with the help of residents who have filled in an innovative online survey to pinpoint hotspots for crime in Hucknall.

Coun Keir Morrison (Lab), of Ashfield District Council, says he and community activists have been working hard with the police to come up with a scheme to tackle problems at Goodall Crescent.

He said: “There is a lot of low-level crime and it needs constant attention. We are hoping a strategic plan will have a big impact.

“I don’t think we will ever completely eradicate it, everywhere is suffering. But we are not just sitting back and letting it happen.”

Mo Brookes, who is chairman of the Goodall Area Tenants and Residents Association, admitted that in a way it is a positive that the area will come under the spotlight.

She said: “It might mean that action is taken. It is not the area, it is the people who are put there to live.

“The majority of people are good. But I knocked on doors before Christmas and told residents that if they help us, we can help them.

“It is about working as a team and getting people on your side.”

Operations already commissioned to help tackle Hucknall’s new crime-fighting priorities include high-visibility patrols by the police with support from Ashfield Council’s Community Protection Officers (CPOs)

Ashfield Homes, which manages council housing in the town, is also involved.

An open surgery to discuss problems on Goodall Crescent and possible actions has been scheduled for Saturday February 25 (1 pm) at the East Side Methodist Church on Cavendish Close, Hucknall.

n OUR PHOTO shows Mo Brookes chatting with Police Community Support Officers on Goodall Crescent — DISPIC NHUD11-2046-1.